Our People

Our people are very important to us, as is making certain we provide you with quality professional financial advice. Below is a short biography for each of our colleagues together with their contact telephone number. For further contact details please see our "Contact Us" page.


Richard Hitchell APFS
Richard Hitchell APFS, Chartered Financial Planner
Tel. 01892 532700
Mobile. 07971 838512
Email. richardhitchell.com
Richard is married to Gayle and together they have two children – Emily & Eddie. Having grown up in Tunbridge Wells, he moved to Wales to study at Cardiff University, which became their home for the next fifteen years. Richard worked as an IT manager, but his love of music meant he would often be found DJ’ing in the capital’s nightclubs.

After his father was taken ill in 2006, all this changed, and Richard & Gayle moved back to Tunbridge Wells - joining the practice in 2007. Having made the decision to specialise, he achieved Chartered Financial Planner status. As such he is one of the most highly qualified UK advisers by examination (source: Personal Finance Society and The Institute of Financial Planning).

Richard is also featured in the VouchedFor's UK top rated financial adviser list for 2020 and is an associate Member of SOLLA, whilst working towards attaining the Later Life Adviser Accreditation.

His IT background means he loves to embrace new technologies, such as Voyant financial forecasting or ‘Timeline’, to bring solutions to life and provide a better, more interactive client experience.

Outside of work, when not enjoying spending time with his family, Richard’s also interests also include cycling, kitesurfing, floorball (a strange Swedish variant of hockey!), and golf.
James Hitchell APFS
James Hitchell APFS, Chartered Financial Planner
Tel. 01892 532700
Mobile. 07980 554964
Email. jameshitchell.com
Following in his fathers footsteps, James joined the practice in 2002. As a Chartered Financial Planner he is one of the most highly qualified UK advisers by examination (source: Personal Finance Society and The Institute of Financial Planning).

To achieve Chartered status James had taken and passed AF3 (Pension Planning), AF1 (Taxes and Trusts), J10 (discretionary asset management) AF4 (investment planning) and AF5 (Financial Planning Process).

As well as bringing a large number of new clients to Hitchell Associates via referrals, James also advises many of the firm's longer standing clients. James has a particular interest in multi-generational financial planning. His hobbies include most forms of sport but especially football and golf.
Nathan Blackmore
Nathan Blackmore, Financial Planner
Tel. 01892 532700
Mobile. 07923 218413
Email. nathanhitchell.com
Nathan has worked in Financial Services since 2006 working for several specialist estate planning product providers until he left his last position as Head of Intermediary Relations at an insurance company based in the city. Nathan was keen to pursue a career closer to home and having worked with Financial Advisers for some time, he decided to become an adviser himself and joined the practice in 2019, working towards obtaining a Level 4 qualification with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Nathan was keen to immerse himself in the local business community and coordinates regular networking meetings and is involved with the local Cranbrook Business Association. Outside of work he has a young family which keeps him busy and when he’s not supporting his children at the side of a pitch, enjoys keeping active himself by cycling and running.
Robert Freeman CeMAP
Robert Freeman CeMAP, Mortgage and Protection Adviser
Tel. 01892 554732
Mobile. 07487 787746
Email. roberthitchell.com
Rob joined the practice in February 2015 and specialises in getting the right results for clients with mortgages and protection. Rob had previously been with Global Financial Limited for a number of years as a mortgage adviser.

Outside of work he is a father of two boys, a keen table tennis player and chairman of the local scout group
Sarah Bird Cert CII (MP)
Sarah Bird Cert CII (MP), Mortgage & Protection adviser
Tel. 01892 554732
Email. sarahhitchell.com
Sarah, having previously been a skilled administrator for 10 years, now uses this experience to advise clients. She specialises in getting the right results for clients with mortgages and protection. Sarah joined Hitchell Associates in June 2013 and has a wide range of experience built up from her previous roles within other financial services practices.

Sarah has recently completed a self-build project, which she shares with her husband, daughter and Biscuit the pug!

Alex Draper
Alex Draper, Paraplanner
Tel. 01892 532700
Mobile. 07923 218413
Email. alexhitchell.com
After gaining a degree in International Business and Marketing at the University of Leeds, Alex decided to pursue a career within financial services and in October 2019 joined the Openwork Academy Program. Alex is determined to build successful career in financial services, first inspired by her study abroad to Hong Kong. She is currently working towards obtaining a Level 4 qualification with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Outside of work Alex has a keen interest in deaf awareness and communication, she holds a Level Two Certificate in British Sign Language in which she has used to support her volunteering work. She also enjoys travelling, cooking and the occasional comedy night.
Jane Elgar
Jane Elgar, Administrator - Investments & Pensions
Tel. 01892 554733
Email. janehitchell.com
Jane, is one of our experienced investment and pension administrators, looking after the day-to-day needs of wealth clients. Jane has been with us for over 7 years and previously had a variety of roles within IFA and financial service companies.
Janet James
Janet James, Mortage and Protection Administrator
Tel. 01892 532700
Email. janethitchell.com
Janet joined us in October 2017. She was previously working within another financial planning practice Graham Merrison Associates. Janet brings many years experience of working in the financial service industry
Chris Barnes
Chris Barnes, Business Consultant
Tel. 01892 532700
Chris has a passion and talent for helping small advisory businesses achieve their full potential by supporting change initiatives in the fields of sales, marketing and people management.

Chris adds his valuable business experience to help us continue to improve our service proposition to clients. Chris has previously been at board level transitioning national IFA practices and formerly worked as a consultant for Openwork.
Roy Brooks DipPFS
Roy Brooks DipPFS, Business Quality Consultant
Tel. 01892 532700
Roy brings with him a great deal of experience, having joined the financial services industry in 1975, initially as an adviser, and then as a manager. Roy has worked for a number of large companies managing and developing teams. The skills he acquired then led him to the role of Quality Manager, and since retiring from Openwork he assists on a consultancy basis. Roy has been working with Hitchell Associates for over 13 years.

What we do

We use the latest software, our professional acumen and our years of experience to provide trusted advice.

We just think of it as doing our professional utmost to exceed the standard of service you should expect, treating you in the way we’d like to be treated ourselves.

And we don’t believe in keeping you waiting all year to find out how your portfolio is doing, either. Instead, we give you online access, which lets you see an instant snapshot of your financial position on your phone, computer or smart TV, wherever you are and whenever you like.



Richard Hitchell is proud to be included in the Vouchedfor top rated adviser guide 2020

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VouchedFor top rated adviser 2019